The Lundby Study, 1947–1997

  1. John R. M. Copeland3,
  2. Mohammed T. Abou-Saleh4 and
  3. Dan G. Blazer5
  1. P. Nettelbladt1,
  2. O. Hagnell1,
  3. L. Öjesjö2,
  4. L. Otterbeck1,
  5. C. Mattisson1,
  6. M. Bogren1,
  7. E. Hofvendahl1 and
  8. P. Toråker1

Published Online: 30 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0470846410.ch40(ii)

Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Nettelbladt, P., Hagnell, O., Öjesjö, L., Otterbeck, L., Mattisson, C., Bogren, M., Hofvendahl, E. and Toråker, P. (2002) The Lundby Study, 1947–1997, in Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds J. R. M. Copeland, M. T. Abou-Saleh and D. G. Blazer), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470846410.ch40(ii)

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool L69 3GA, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK

  3. 5

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Box 3003, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychiatry, The Lundby Study, Lund University Hospital, St Lars, SE-221 85 Lund, Sweden

  2. 2

    Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Magnus Huss Clinic, Karolinska Institute, SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471981978

Online ISBN: 9780470846414



  • geriatric psychiatry;
  • Lundby study;
  • psychiatric epidemiology;
  • prospective;
  • longitudinal;
  • follow-up;
  • mental health;
  • senile dementia;
  • prevalence;
  • lifetime risk;
  • background factors


The Lundby Study is a prospective, longitudinal investigation of mental disorders in a total population. In 1947 Essen-Möller et al. examined all but 1% of the 2550 inhabitants of a geographically delimited area in southern Sweden. In 1957 Hagnell re-examined the 1947 cohort, irrespective of domicile, also adding the 1013 newcomers to the area. In 1972 Hagnell and Öjesjö re-examined the total cohort (N=3563), again irrespective of domicile. The participation rate was 98% in these studies. The data provided rates of prevalence, incidence, and probability of developing a mental illness. Background factors of senile dementia were also identified. In 1972 the cumulative lifetime probability of contracting Senile Dementia Alzheimer Type was reported to be 25.5% in men and 31.9% in women. For Vascular Dementia the figures were 29.8% in men and 25.1% in women. Starting in 1997 Nettelbladt et al. once again examined the Lundby population, now aged 40+. This 50-year follow-up offers the opportunity of studying the occurrence of mental disorders in an ageing population.